Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a U.S. federal holiday honoring and mourning the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. This day of commemoration started in the years that followed the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many people observe the day by visiting cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day. I came from a … [Read more...]
What did I tell my comfort zone?
See – I have this thing called a comfort zone. She’s my favorite place to be – at least if I’m not thinking beyond today. She knows just what I like and she keeps me far away from what I don’t like. If something sounds like it might fall outside of her, we just avoid that. She and I are pretty tight. This week, I told my comfort zone to take a hike and we launched our silo … [Read more...]
Your Flying Farmer – Making ripples
Have you ever thrown a rock into a perfectly clear lake? Well, you’re also probably the one who unnecessarily walks through the yard after a fresh blanket of snow. Hey, stop talking about the snow! That’s a touchy subject this time of year. I’m trying to plant corn! I’m always impressed by the impact of one tiny rock on so much water. If you haven’t done this before, maybe … [Read more...]
A Goodly Heritage – A pivotal day
She sang so sweetly. This young lady smiled as she uttered the melodious love song at a Christian wedding today. The audience gave her their rapt attention. Her voice flooded the auditorium with melody. What a joy to see and hear her serving the Lord, the bride and groom and others with her voice. “I am glad you asked me to do this,” she offered as she spoke to the groom at … [Read more...]
Fresh off the farm – Did you miss it?
My eyes jolted open, only to see what I shouldn’t see through my windshield: tall grass whipping by as I drove somewhere I knew I shouldn’t be. Confused and panicked, my foggy brain picked my foot off the accelerator. What in the world had I done? Where was I? My breath escaped me as I realized what I was doing: I had fallen asleep at the wheel – crossed oncoming traffic, and … [Read more...]
A little of this, A little of that
Now is not the time to mention the “s” word. Nobody wants to hear it! We have received and read the garden catalogs. We have ordered new plants for the garden. We ARE SO READY! Now I remember my grampa’s advice. Don’t plant anything before Memorial Day or you will be sorry. Patience is not one of my virtues. What to do now that my green thumb is itching? I guess I can … [Read more...]
Marriage in the dark
I’ve gotten pretty good at stumbling through the darkness. In one of our machine sheds, there’s a door on both ends but a light switch on only one end. If I happen to come from the switchless end of the farm, I will always choose to blind squirrel my way through the tetris-like machinery rather than take the long way around to the light switch. Some days it works better than … [Read more...]
A Goodly Heritage
In the valley Times can turn out to surprise us. They can lead us to broad meadows, a flowered beauty, or raise us to the top of mountainous splendor. Yet there are days that unexpectedly reach out to us and guide us into a valley shadowed by uncertainty, frailty, or sorrow. One just never knows what the morrow will bring. A common comment I have heard this winter season … [Read more...]
Could two seconds a day change your life? It’s changing mine.
You might want to sit down for this. What if your kids asked to get out of bed early to happily clean and organize the house? I’m fully aware I sound crazy. I never thought my kids would do it. But they are (some days) and it’s rocking my world! “How does this work?!!!” Thanks for asking - I’d love to share. Recently, I was introduced to Paul Akers’ “2 Second Lean” book … [Read more...]
Keeping my sanity
I am a Godlilocks weather person. Winter is too cold and snowy. Summer is too hot and humid. Spring and fall are just right. The moderate temperatures plus the scents of the seasons and the colors make me happy and more productive. The smell of mud and fresh green grass is intoxicating while the color of fall leaves and smell of bonfires makes me sigh with joy. Since … [Read more...]